50 public liability claims

By Esther Hayden

Published 14/07/2015 | 00:00

Wexford is in the top ten counties for public liability claims.

Figures released by the Injuries Board show that €1.3m was awarded in respect of 50 public liability claims in Wexford in 2014.

The summer months are the most dangerous period for public place accidents that result in a personal injury claim, according to figures. Last year, July recorded the highest frequency of accidents resulting in compensation awards, while Saturday proved to be the most dangerous day of the week for public place personal injury accidents.

The average award made in Wexford last year was €26,300.

Nationally in 2014, the Injuries Board made 2,151 personal liability awards with corresponding compensation totalling €53m, compared to €44m in 2013 in respect of 1,768 awards.

Figures over the last three years have consistently shown that women are far more likely than men to suffer an accident in a public place resulting in a public liability award. This gap narrowed slightly in 2014, with women now accounting for 7 in 10 (68.9 per cent) of all public liability awards, compared to 3 in 10 (31.1 per cent) for men. The average award for men was €24,275 while women were awarded average compensation of €24,859.

Continuing the trend of recent years, slips, trips and falls were by far the main cause of public liability accidents, accounting for 70 per cent of all personal liability awards. Uneven or broken pavements/footpaths, and wet or slippery floors/surfaces are the most common causes of slips, trips and falls. The majority of such claims involved predominantly soft tissue injuries and minor fractures.

The analysis of public liability awards also indicated that shops, supermarkets and shopping centres are the top business premises for accidents that result in a public liability claim. Smaller numbers of accidents occur in nightclubs, bars, fast food outlets and restaurants.

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